Dan Werb of Woodhands Awarded $1.5 Million Grant for HIV/AIDS Research (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

It's notoriously difficult to make money as a musician, but Woodhands/Ark Analog player Dan Werb has attracted a lot of well-meaning funds in his career as an epidemiologist. The Canadian electro-pop musician just got a $1.5 million U.S. research grant for his work in preventing the spread of drug addiction and HIV/AIDS. 

As a research scientist at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Werb was one of four recipients of the first Avenir Award from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. The award is being given to new scientists doing cutting-edge research in regards to substance use and HIV/AIDS. 

Werb will use the grant to fund a new project called PRIMER (Preventing Injecting by Modifying Existing Responses). Through this, he will work with researchers in San Diego, Tijuana, Vancouver and France (specifically Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux) to examine how to lessen the spread of addiction, focusing on treatment methods like methadone maintenance therapy and supervised injection sites. The project is set to last for five years and involve 4,000 people. 

Alex Hudson reports

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